Before the internet and before I had my license and could drive to and record stores that had decent punk. I mail ordered everything from Toxic. In a lot of ways they shaped my taste in music and introduced me to bands I still listen too 25 years later. Thanks for everything. Ryan from Illinois.
before the internet, booking agents would call me up and ask me if I ever heard of such and such a band, and I would immediately call Bill at Toxic and go Bill do you know this band, and he would tell me all about them.... even without a physical building, Bill & Julianna's devotion and love for DIY culture will always have a permanent place in the history of Tucson, all of us in Tucson thank you for all you have given to this town we couldn't have done it without you
Best record store in Tucson. Changed my life in a lot of ways.
You'll be missed.
And by west I mean east...
I remember at 18, visiting and helping my grand folks out, in Dec. 1988 and seeing a sign over a little store a couple of doors west of Bobo's on Grant. Toxic Ranch Records huh? Sounds... wonderful. Left with an armful of records and t-shirts the first chance I got. Coming from a small New Mexico town within earshot of '80s college radio but no record store of its own, I was in heaven.
Moved here in '94 and freaked when I saw the coolest record store in the world was gone. I found it though. I can't thank Bill enough. Not many of us can. For coming to Tucson, for sticking through it, for Gimme Indie Rock! (fuck you Tony Ford), and for just being a genuinely nice guy I'll always love you Jolly Rancher and I hope you can continue.
Anything that Nick Lowe puts his hands on is pretty much a winner!
This store brought me into a world 20 years ago that I have never left. Punk rock is tribe and I feel much pride in saying that Toxic Ranch was my homeland. I remember living in the dump basement apartment across the alley and coming out to defend the store during the UofA basketball riots one year. The cops thought we were rioters too and shot at me with beanbags! But the store windows survived as far as I remember...Thanks Bill for always keeping me plush on nirvana t-shirts and 45s. Wish I were in Tucson to see you off!
This is pretty tragic, but if Bill's at peace with it, I should be too. It's always somewhat annoying when a property owner starts gassing on about doing something different with a place that a business has been in for a long time, though. But it's their place, I guess... I fear a new yupster "bistro" may be on the way.
Toxic is a grand oasis of genuineness and good taste in a world gone mad!!! All the best to Bill and Julianna!
You honestly need to get your head checked. Blind Man Deaf Boy are a group of amazing musicians, and great kids doing the things they love.
What a nice tribute! I've never been to the shop but knew of its reputation from Canada. Tucson was lucky to have such a great cultural institution for so many years. All the best Bill!
KXCI is 91.3, ladies and gentlemen, not 92.1 as you say in the Sonic Solstice blurb! I can't think of many people who would actually be confused by that error, but it's still wrong
Jess is one of my favorite Tucson solo artists, his show at sparkroot was really great, i have been listening to this new ep a lot.
Yup, that in-store show sounds just about right (smiling with fond memories) TR was a hang out in the early 90s for me & a favorite to purchase unique band apparel. I had no clue they were closing.... sigh...
Thanks TR for being a geat & unique for the open music minded. May your next venture be amazing as well.
Hey Paul. Get back in touch. James 11/17/2013.
I think you need to rethink the MGMT album! Just get weird with the "Alien Days" video and you'll come around http://noisey.vice.com/music-video/premieres/mgmt-alien-days-1
My band 8 Minutes To Burn shared the stage with them at the Bisbee Royale and I remember being captivated by their soothing sounds and the laughter that filled the room when Amy made a funny comment. It was a great night to be introduced to them and when I think of them that is the night I will remember!
every body deserves to be happy,,,, let him be....... every one of us worth of love and to be love........ why cant you guys give him a little bit chances,,,, theres nothing wrong with it,,,, godbless and take care.....
This connection they had between them as well as with the audience is what drew me to them to play at my wedding in 2008. They played the day before, the wedding and the reception and infused the event with their particular joy. I saw them two years later at the Copper Queen where I bought their CD and they signed it for me. My marriage like the two of them is gone, but these two wonderful people will stay in the hearts of all who sat entranced by their music. Rest in peace dear Amy and Derrick, and my heart goes out to their families.
Awesome description of the way the Brian Dean Trio makes me feel! Thank you.
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